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Raider Athletics celebrates highlights of 2013-14 season

Raider baseball coach Mike Nicholson poses with baseball MVP Austin Hays at the Athletics Department's end-of-the-year banquet April 29.

Seminole State’s 2013-14 athletics season came to a dramatic close Thursday, May 14, as the women’s golf team earned its second national No. 2 ranking in the last three years.

The Raiders’ outstanding performance at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship tournament came on the heels of postseason runs by the baseball and softball teams and the Athletics Department’s annual end-of-the-year banquet April 29.

2014 Female Athlete of the Year Chanya "Phon" Angwarawong

At the banquet, the Athletics Department celebrated the achievements of Raider players and coaches in a ceremony that saw Lake Mary Mayor David Mealor declare May 1 Courtney Miller Day in Lake Mary, honoring the longtime Seminole State softball coach, who earned her 800th career victory in February.

Following Mayor Mealor’s presentation, the Athletics Program honored the season’s top athletes. Women’s golf sophomore Chanya “Phon” Angwarawong, the Raiders’ top golfer two years running, earned the honor of Seminole State Female Athlete of the Year. Sophomore baseball player Keith Skinner, the team’s starting catcher, was named the Raiders’ Male Athlete of the Year.

Angwarawong, originally of Thailand, finished the year ranked No. 3 in the nation among NJCAA women’s golfers, with a round stroke average of 75.7, nearly a full stroke better than No. 4. A terrific leader and strong competitor, she led the Raiders in stroke count in half of their tournaments during the 2013-14 year, earning an individual overall victory in the Embry-Riddle Bash at the Beach with a two-round stroke total of 141 (70-71). She finished No. 4 at the NJCAA National Championship tournament, good for first-team All-America honors.

2014 Male Athlete of the Year Keith Skinner

Skinner, of Berkley Heights, N.J., has proven to be a lockdown catcher for the Raiders, holding a fielding percentage of .996, including 225 putouts and 16 assists against just one error on the season. In addition to his strong defensive presence, Skinner is invaluable on offense, leading the team in RBIs (41), batting average (.402) and on-base percentage (.438). He is No. 2 on the team in hits (53), home runs (4) and slugging percentage (.553).

Additional awards were presented in three categories for each sport: Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player and Coaches' Choice. The honorees were:

Baseball:

  • Most Valuable Player: Austin Hays
  • Most Improved Player: Vinnie Leuzzi
  • Coaches’ Choice: Justus Labigang

Softball:

  • Most Valuable Player: Stephanie Adkins
  • Most Improved Player: Taylor Duggan
  • Coaches’ Choice: Rachel Minier

Women’s Golf:

  • Most Valuable Player: Chanya “Phon” Angwarawong
  • Most Improved Player: Caitlin Huiting
  • Coaches’ Choice: Kelsey Jensen

Three Raider athletes earned statewide Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Player of the Week honors throughout the season. Softball pitcher Stephanie Adkins was named Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 10-16, baseball outfielder Austin Hays earned the distinction for March 4-10, and baseball pitcher Justus Labigang was honored April 14-20.

For more information on Seminole State's athletic programs, visit the Raider athletics home page.

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